Exam: JCPS uses student-led conferences, CPS superintendent finalists discuss at-risk students

Mar 11, 2014

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First, KBIA's Hope Kirwan takes us to a classroom in Jefferson City for a new kind of parent-teacher conference—these are led by the students. The classic parent-teacher conference is a good way to evaluate a student’s progress, but 4th graders at Jefferson City’s South Elementary get to take the lead and tell their parents what they've learned.

The Columbia Public School District is looking for a new superintendent, and now, the search has been narrowed down to two finalists. Dr. Dred Scott and Dr. Peter Stiepleman are the two remaining candidates for the post of Columbia Public Schools superintendent. They're preparing for a public Q&A session Tuesday, where Columbia residents can meet the candidates between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at 1818 Worley Street.  

KBIA’s Jack Howard spoke with Scott, the deputy superintendent for the Independence School District, and Stiepleman, the CPS assistant superintendent of elementary education. Both finalists discussed how they would make engaging with Columbia's at-risk students a priority.